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Latvian Radio Choir|Silvestrov: To Thee We Sing

Silvestrov: To Thee We Sing

Sigvards Klava, Latvian Radio Choir

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The career of the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov goes back to the days of suppression of modernist styles by Soviet authorities. He has been underexposed in the West compared with other Eastern European composers working in accessible idioms. This may be because he is not readily classifiable or marketable among the minimalists or among the neo-Romantics, but instead has forged an individual language drawing on both, as well as on Slavic sources. This collection of a cappella choral pieces from the 1990s and 2000s is a good introduction to his rather inward late style. Silvestrov may write hypertonal music if it fits the text (such as the Ave Maria, which appears twice in this set of mostly sacred pieces), refer to Rachmaninov's sacred music, or employ static textures as needed. His palette has subtle shades such as the distinction between chant and song in the Two Sacred Chants and Two Sacred Songs, both from 2006; the songs, naturally enough, have a more purely melodic idiom. But his pieces tend to end luxuriously in big stacks. The closest comparison might be Henryk Górecki, but lovers of Pärt's music should also check this out. The Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava is an ideal ensemble for this music, with brilliant highs that resound in the unidentified but excellent space employed by Ondine for its recording. The booklet is also worthwhile, containing a biography of Silvestrov that will be news to many listeners outside the vicinity of the composer or performers.
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Alleluia (Valentin Silvestrov)

1
I. Evening
Latvian Radio Choir
00:02:18

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

2
II. Morning
Kārlis Rūtentāls
00:02:41

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir - Kārlis Rūtentāls, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

3
III. Night
Kārlis Rūtentāls
00:03:30

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir - Kārlis Rūtentāls, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

Liturgical Chants (Valentin Silvestrov)

4
4 Spiritual Songs. Cherubic Song
Latvian Radio Choir
00:02:34

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

5
4 Spiritual Songs. Alleluia
Ieva Ezeriete
00:02:47

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir - Ieva Ezeriete, Artist, MainArtist - Dace Strautmane, Artist - Kārlis Rūtentāls, Artist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

6
O Holy God
Latvian Radio Choir
00:03:21

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

7
Ave Maria
Kārlis Rūtentāls
00:03:20

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir - Kārlis Rūtentāls, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

Diptych (Valentin Silvestrov)

8
I. The Lord's Prayer
Latvian Radio Choir
00:04:51

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

9
II. Testament
Ieva Ezeriete
00:08:58

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir - Ieva Ezeriete, Artist, MainArtist - Agate Burkina, Artist - Kārlis Rūtentāls, Artist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

2 Sacred Chants (Valentin Silvestrov)

10
No. 1, Mercy of Peace
Latvian Radio Choir
00:05:03

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

11
No. 2, To Thee We Sing
Latvian Radio Choir
00:03:14

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

2 Sacred Songs (Valentin Silvestrov)

12
No. 1, Alleluia
Latvian Radio Choir
00:03:18

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

13
No. 2, Ave Maria
Agate Burkina
00:04:39

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir - Agate Burkina, Artist, MainArtist - Rūdolfs Bērtiņš, Artist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

2 Christmas Lullabies (Valentin Silvestrov)

14
No. 1, I Sleep, Jesus
Ieva Ezeriete
00:03:50

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir - Ieva Ezeriete, Artist, MainArtist - Agate Burkina, Artist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

15
No. 2, Quiet Night
Ieva Ezeriete
00:05:27

Valentin Silvestrov, Composer - Sigvards Klava, Conductor - Latvian Radio Choir, Choir - Ieva Ezeriete, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

Album Description

The career of the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov goes back to the days of suppression of modernist styles by Soviet authorities. He has been underexposed in the West compared with other Eastern European composers working in accessible idioms. This may be because he is not readily classifiable or marketable among the minimalists or among the neo-Romantics, but instead has forged an individual language drawing on both, as well as on Slavic sources. This collection of a cappella choral pieces from the 1990s and 2000s is a good introduction to his rather inward late style. Silvestrov may write hypertonal music if it fits the text (such as the Ave Maria, which appears twice in this set of mostly sacred pieces), refer to Rachmaninov's sacred music, or employ static textures as needed. His palette has subtle shades such as the distinction between chant and song in the Two Sacred Chants and Two Sacred Songs, both from 2006; the songs, naturally enough, have a more purely melodic idiom. But his pieces tend to end luxuriously in big stacks. The closest comparison might be Henryk Górecki, but lovers of Pärt's music should also check this out. The Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava is an ideal ensemble for this music, with brilliant highs that resound in the unidentified but excellent space employed by Ondine for its recording. The booklet is also worthwhile, containing a biography of Silvestrov that will be news to many listeners outside the vicinity of the composer or performers.
© TiVo

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